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Elevate FAQs

How does the selection process work?
Admission to Elevate begins with the nomination of students by their headmasters. After students have been nominated, they will receive an invitation to apply. Students will then have until January 28, 2017 to apply for Elevate. Once applications are received, the Elevate Director will evaluate their application.

Can I apply even if I have not been nominated?
You must have been nominated by your Headmaster, Principal, Guidance Counselor or someone familiar with your academic or leadership potential in order to apply. You may request that your headmaster nominate you in order to pave the way for your application.

What are the deadlines for U.S. nominations and applications?

  • Nomination deadline: November 17, 2017
    • Please email to let us know if you are submitting after the nomination deadline.
  • Application deadline: January 28, 2018
  • Priority registration and deposit deadline: February 25, 2018
  • Payment deadline: July 1, 2018

What are the deadlines for International nominations and applications?
We accept international student nominations and applications on a rolling timeline in order to accommodate for the diverse schools that we work with. Please contact Stephanie Antonucci at to receive a personalized deadline process for your international student. 

Once I am accepted to Elevate, is there any preparatory work I will need to do before I arrive?
After registering for Elevate, students will receive an enrichment packet containing two assignments in the mail. The first assignment is to take the StrengthsQuest personality test; this must be completed by June 1 so that students can be placed in their diverse peer groups. The second assignment is to read through portions of the Elevate curriculum in order to gain a better understanding of the Elevate vision and language; this must be completed by the time of arrival.

How will I know if my application has been accepted?
You will receive a registration packet in the mail with a letter indicating your acceptance as well an email notifying you of your admission to Elevate.

How long is Elevate?
Elevate is a weeklong program. Check-in time is 2–5 p.m. on Sunday, and the program concludes at 11 a.m. on Sunday. In order not to miss out on any of the important events on either check-in day or check-out day, we strongly recommend booking flights before 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 15 and after 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 22.

How much does Elevate cost?
The program costs $1,250.

What does the program cost include?

  • Housing
  • Meals
  • StrengthsFinder survey code
  • Transportation to and from the airport as well as to off-campus events and excursions
  • Local excursions and social events
  • Close interaction with Gordon faculty and staff
  • Elevate T-shirt

Are scholarships available for students?
Currently no scholarships are offered for the week in July; however, students should note that the College is subsidizing the costs to lower the price. In addition, students who participate in Elevate will receive a special $2,000 scholarship if they choose to enroll at Gordon in their first year. Many students petition their schools for scholarships to attend. Inquire with your principal or headmaster if there are leadership scholarships available to cover your cost. We are happy to offer alternative payment plans or installments for families to accommodate! Please contact the Director, Stephanie Antonucci, at elevate@gordon.edu, if you would like to talk through payment options.

If I cancel my attendance will my payment be refunded?
Yes, but your refund is contingent upon the date that you cancel. If you cancel before July 1 you will receive all of your money back except for the $350 nonrefundable deposit. If you cancel after July 1 then none of your payment will be refunded.

If English is not my first language, what level of English is required for me to attend Elevate?
We do not require students to submit TOEFL scores ("Test of English as a Foreign Language"). However, students will need to speak English fluently in order to participate. International students are required to set up a Skype interview with the Elevate Director or Elevate International Admissions Coordinator before being accepted.

How large are the groups?
Each group consists of 9–10 students.

Who are the Peer Mentors?
Peer Mentors are some of Gordon’s finest students. They are trained specifically for this program to ensure the best experience for participants.

How do I arrange transportation to/from Elevate 2018?
Elevate staff will only provide transportation to and from the airport. In order to ensure this, you will need to indicate your travel plans on the Confirmation Form, which is part of the Registration packet. Please book your flight to arrive between 2 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 15.

What is the best time to depart from Logan Airport after Elevate 2018 concludes?

For domestic flights, we strongly recommend that you choose a flight that departs Logan at 3 p.m. or later. For international flights, we recommend that you choose a flight that departs Logan Airport at 4 p.m. or later. 

Can I arrive a day early to Elevate or stay on campus after Elevate?
Because the Elevate staff will still be in training up until check-in day, we ask that students do not arrive early since staff cannot supervise. In addition, the campus dorms in which students are housed are often in use up until Elevate takes place, so housing is not always readily available. If you choose to stay in the area after Elevate concludes, we would be happy to recommend nearby accommodations. Since the staff will no longer be on campus, we cannot usually host students past check-out day. For very special cases, especially international arrivals or departures, please contact the Director, Stephanie Antonucci, at . Please note that we do charge for each additional night at Gordon.

How are students housed?
Students will be housed in Chase Hall, a suite-style residence for underclassmen. Students will have one–two roommates. Floors are separated by gender so there will be no co-ed floors.

Is there a dress code?
Students will dress business casual during the morning work sessions, although there are a few events where they will want to look more professional. Students will be able to change into activewear and casual clothing for adventure learning and the evening activities and work sessions. Please find our recommendations for dress below:

  • Business casual (Everyday)
  • Business professional (3-4 sessions)
  • Casual dress (Everyday)
  • Outdoor dress (3 sessions)

Do you have rules regarding student conduct?
Gordon College is a community committed to biblical values and a Christ-centered lifestyle. It is for this reason that Elevate expects participants to have a high quality of character and to be distinguished by their honesty and commitment to truth.

For a deeper understanding of Gordon’s conduct expectations, please see the Gordon College Behavioral Standards.